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@Fionabelle ok - I've made a tweak (looks like something has broken subtly with a recent system upgrade, but I think I've fixed it). Can you please try again?

@Fionabelle thanks for the heads-up - I'm having a look at it now... (I'm responsible for OERu tech services)...

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"Nextcloud can replace many of the online apps you use for collaboration, organization, and task management."
opensource.com/article/21/1/ne

@dajbelshaw I'm pleased to see that other folks are picking up the slack (metaphor, not the nasty proprietary company now owned by Salesforce, equally evil) when I'm away from the computer ;)

@ademalsasa We've been very fortunate here in NZ, Ade, thanks to being an island with a sensible gov't and more sensible people than many other places. Hope your situation is optimistic - all the best!

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What is your choice after switching from #WhatsApp?

Please help me share.

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource

@ademalsasa I use Signal, but I also use RocketChat and Element. All open source, all better than

@clacke @python TIL there's 10,000,000+1 reasons not to run Windows ;)

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Lately I've been reacquainting myself again with #FreeCAD after 20 months of barely using it. I was a little surprised to see that 0.19 still hasn't been released yet (its development had started when I left the community). I use the development builds. When using it just for a few minutes, I didn't notice many changes. But I've been using my 3D printer again, and I needed to design a few things I wanted to print.

There are huge improvements across the board.

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@dajbelshaw I'd love to see this. I want NZ's Ministry of Education to run an NZ-based (run by NZ companyies) managed computing environment using ChromiumOS or perhaps Galliumos.org instead of its current practice of outsourcing that stuff to either Google or Microsoft (neither of which is a safe pair of hands for our country's young, curious minds).

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My Fellow Americans is Yuvraj Sing's open licensed (CC0) /name your price book tracing the histories of US presidential inaugural addresses; it reproduces each address along with a scholarly essay exploring its context.

gumroad.com/l/myfellowamerican

The book has a companion podcast in which various people read each address aloud:

anchor.fm/myfellowamericans

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@dajbelshaw Heh - yes, it's always a challenge... As we software developers like to say "We didn't do it because it was easy. We did it because we *thought* it would be easy." If it wasn't for that blind optimism, very few things would get done at all 🤓

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Over the 15+ years I've been using GNU/Linux, there are many programs that have become second nature to me. As a hacker, I enjoy tinkering with my system---why use a desktop environment when I could do the same thing with 100s of programs and hand-written scripts...!?

Each day I feel up to it, I'll give thanks to a free/libre program that has made a positive impact on my life, from every corner of my operating system, with the hope that others will find them interesting too.

#thanksfreesw

@dajbelshaw It's always great when you find a solution that you're happy with & when others reinforce that decision :) I'm still a big fan of self-hosted secure (2FA), encrypted password stores. I do it with BitWarden (the fully Rust-based server re-implementation)... it's trivial to step and run for yourself, family, and friends... here's how to do it: tech.oeru.org/setting-your-own

@dajbelshaw It's always great when you find a solution that you're happy with & when others reinforce that decision :) I'm still a big fan of self-hosted secure (2FA), encrypted password stores. I do it with BitWarden (the fully Rust-based server re-implementation)... it's trivial to step and run for yourself, family, and friends... here's how to do it: tech.oeru.org/setting-your-own

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Windows 10, S-mode (---) 

I just setup a new computer that comes with Windows 10. I was *shocked* at how in-your-face all the privacy violations are.

For starters, before it would even install you MUST login to a Microsoft account (and create a new one if you don't already have one). I saw no way to skip that step, AFAICT it wasn't possible at all.

Then it loads up and I try to install Chrome, but it won't let me. Why? Because it has something called "S-mode" which basically means...

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If you're looking for a #GooglePhotos alternative, Nextcloud Photos plus Nextcloud Maps (see where your pics are taken) and the Facerecognition app are a good step in the direction of privacy!
apps.nextcloud.com/apps/maps
apps.nextcloud.com/apps/facere

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